06.29.2008. The Shirelles: Everybody Loves A Lover
A very nice example of what the Shirelles were up to in 1962. Still in a favourable and confident position as the first true girl group superstars, not to be outdone by Phil Spector's army and Diana Ross' blatant sexuality until for another year or so, they were churning out these lovable hits with a scent of toughness and roughness that the Beatles liked so much. 'Everybody Loves A Lover' is a fine, game tune, uncluttered with complex arrangements and making great use of a "clear" contrast between main and backing vocals. In this song, everything is taken one at a time - including the sax solo, which builds up a very simple pattern that tries to follow the vocals. Everything is taken one at a time - first the piano introduction, then the main vocal, then another verse where it gets supplemented with doobee-doobee-doo backups (never together, always apart!), then the minimalistic sax, then backup vocals take front stage for a while, then you revert back to normal verse structure. The resulting effect is one of sharpness and clarity, making it a great rousing song to start a normal sunny day with.
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